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The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.
"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")
Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)
Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).
Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.
Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.
What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.
If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”
The team at Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT is happy to offer patients Invisalign, a technologically advanced cosmetic treatment that puts your teeth in perfect alignment. It is a preferred alternative to metal braces because clear plastic trays are used instead of metal hardware. Get familiar with the advantages of Invisalign over braces to decide if this is the orthodontic solution you would like to discuss with your dentist.
Invisible Aligners Instead of Visible Metal Parts
When kids get braces, in most cases they have no choice but to wear metal and wire appliances—sometimes even headgear. Some older teens and adults have the option to choose Invisalign braces, which use removable clear trays instead. When you smile while wearing an Invisalign tray, it's not as conspicuous as the appearance of metal on your white teeth.
Invisalign Doesn't Require Years
Metal braces take two to three years to completely change the position of your teeth. At each checkup appointment, the dentist will have to make uncomfortable adjustments to the brackets and change wires to tighten the braces. Invisalign often takes six months to a year to work. The teeth gently conform to the shape of each tray over the treatment period, and you'll visit your Stamford dentist every few weeks to retrieve a new tray. To keep your smile aligned, you'll wear the last tray each night while sleeping.
You Can Take Invisalign Trays Off
One of the complaints dentists hear from their patients who wear braces is that they are painful and uncomfortable to wear. The brackets and wires can cause damage to the inner soft tissue of the mouth, and it is difficult to enjoy certain solid foods. Invisalign trays are gentler on the soft tissues of the mouth and they can be removed for eating, brushing, and engaging in conversation. You must make a commitment to wearing your trays at least 20 to 22 hours each day for fast results.
Invisalign--The Right Choice
Consult a dentist at Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT to find out if you're a candidate for Invisalign. Call (203) 359-3296 today to schedule time with Dr. Irina Pogosian or Dr. Thomas Ohlson.
Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.
He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”
Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.
There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.
The Science Behind the Magic
There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.
The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.
How’s that for a disappearing act?!
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
Are you ready to find out if you are the perfect candidate for these clear braces?
You could never picture going to work day in and day out while wearing braces; however, you are also tired of your crooked smile. Fortunately, there is still a way to get the smile you want without sporting metal braces. Our Stamford, CT, dentists Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson are here to tell you more about Invisalign and whether it might be right for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a unique way to straighten teeth without the need for metal, brackets or wires. Instead, Invisalign uses a set of customized aligners that look similar to whitening trays but are thin, flexible and designed to snugly fit over your teeth. Each aligner is specially crafted just for you based on measurements and tooth movements already mapped out by our Stamford, CT, general dentists.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
There are many factors that go into determining who is ideal for Invisalign treatment. While it can certainly help a lot of patients, it isn’t right for everyone, which is why we always have patients come into our office for a consultation. The consultation phase is important because it gives us a chance to get to know you and your treatment goals, as well as examine your smile and make sure that what you want to fix can most efficiently be handled by wearing Invisalign. Some candidacy factors to consider include:
Age: Older teens and adults are the perfect candidates for Invisalign but children and young teens aren’t. Children often respond best to traditional braces, but there are more subtle and discreet orthodontic options that can help make brackets and wires less obvious.
Your dental issues: Malocclusions like overbites, underbites and crossbites, as well as spacing problems and crowding are some of the issues that can be addressed with Invisalign. While it can also handle some minor crookedness as well, those with severe or complex dental issues that require complicated tooth or jaw movements will need to consider more traditional options.
Your dedication: One reason that children aren’t good candidate for Invisalign is that they often cannot comply with the rules of Invisalign. While it’s convenient that you can remove your aligners whenever you eat or need to brush and floss, the rest of the time you should be wearing your aligners. The less time you spend wearing them the longer your treatment will take. That’s why it’s important that you are truly dedicated to wearing Invisalign for about 22 hours out of each day.
Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, is ready to help you get the smile you want with Invisalign. Turn to us for a no-risk consultation.
Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.
“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:
- Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
- Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
- Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.
Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”